Control Computers

basil is a linux PC which has the central role in this setup. It is the machine users sit in front of to carry out their experiment. Screen-Keyboard-Mouse are located in the control cabin and the CPU in the hardware room.

On this computer you run and/or have access to:

  • MxCube (left screen)
  • oh1 spec session (right screen, pink shell)
  • eh1 spec session (right screen, purple shell)
  • ADXV diffraction image display software (right screen)
  • DNA expert system server (left screen)
  • Front End and Vacuum application

And are running the following device servers:

  • motors database device server
  • Hardware Repository Server
  • ISPyB server
  • Spec Fit Server
  • Autocentering
  • Gigabit Prosilica Camera

bliss_dserver status you should give this output


SpecHdbStore: hdb hdb2
HardwareRepositoryServer: /users/blissadm/local/HardwareRepository
CalcServer: id23
ISPyBServer: /users/blissadm/local/HardwareRepository/dbconnection.xml
SpecfitServer: id231 id231
Prosilica: minidiff

lid231 is a rackable PC (without screen) located outside the optic hutch and controls mainly the optics hutch elements. As the optic hutch is in common with ID23-2, on lid231 are also running device servers of ID23-2

This computer runs:
  • Micos controler device server for the monochromator
  • Beamline vacuum valves device server
  • Fluorescence detector (Rontec) controller device server
  • Thermo couples device servers
  • Cryostream (Oxford) device server

If all the device servers are running, at the command bliss_dserver status

(logged in as bliassadm in lid231) you should receive this output:

BeamShutter: id23
BLValves: id23 id23_2
Serialds: id23 id23_1_cryo sl231_47 sl231_35 sl231_36 sl231_38 sl231_39 sl231_40 sl231_34 sl231_41 sl231_42 id231_32 id23micos
VIP id23
Pgbalzers: PgBalzers23
MaxeVpapds: MaxeVpap_00 MaxeVpap_01 MaxeVpap_02 MaxeVpap_03 MaxeVpap_04
Micos: id23
Wagods: 231_id23_1 231_id23_2 232_id23_1 233_id23_2
WagoCt: id231_eh id231_oh
oxford700ds: 232_id23_1 233_id23_2
CryoSpyds: 232_id23_1
WagoThc: id23
McaRontec id23 id23_2


 lid232 is a rackable linux PC located in the hardware room (without screen)

This computer runs:

  • EH1 SPEC session
  • The Galil card device server for the phi axis
  • ProDC, the data collection software

 If all the device servers are running, at the command bliss_dserver status (logged in as bliassadm in lid232) you should receive this output:

MaxeVpapds: MaxeVpap_20 MaxeVpap_21 MaxeVpap_22 MaxeVpap_23 MaxeVpap_24
galil: id23
Vct6Card: Vct6_00
WagoCt: id231_eh id231_oh
XbpmOxCy: None
blisswatch: None


adsc231ctrl is a Linux Suse8.2 PC controlling the ADSC detector. It is located in the freeway between ID23-1 and ID22. This computer runs:

  • ADSC device server master PC of the the 9 windows PC


pcsc3-id231 is a windows PC controlling the sample changer. it shares mouse-screen-keyboard with buttonbox. The CPU is located in the hardware room. It can be accessed through VNC from basil. This computer runs:

  • Sample changer device server

buttonbox is a linux PC used only to display MX-CuBE - exp hutch version. Its CPU is located in the hardware room. Screen-Keyboard-Mouse are next to the diffractometer in the experimental hutch to play the role of button box to move the diffractometer motors.

manuel is a windows NT machine fitted with two Matrox Meteor 2 Cards where the four X-ray cameras have been plugged. It is located in the first rack in the hardware room. This machine also runs the device server for these cameras and it is called Meteor2 (icon on the Desktop). It shares the display-keyboard-mouse with Polly.

synopsis is a linux PC used to display MX-CuBE - Synopsis on the Nec LCD 3000 screen on the wall.

proc231 is a linux PC cluster for data processing. MX-CuBE connects to proc231 to run DNA.


Information on data processing computers are available on the common data processing page.